The Manchester rivalry is set to be at it’s most bitter yet this season. Jose versus Pep caps off a rivalry that has been growing throughout the last few years (since City became genuine challengers to United’s throne).
All this rivalry needs is a player to pull off a Carlos Tevez and move to the noisy, blue neighbours from Old Trafford. If just one player could take one for the sake of everyone’s entertainment that would be just swell and make 2016/17 a yet more devastatingly exciting campaign.
Making the trip from Old Trafford to the Etihad Stadium is probably a treacherous path at the moment. You risk becoming the villain with both halves of a vast city, all for the sake of a few extra pounds or the shot at a holding a nice silver pot.
Is it a risk worth taking? Well, probably.
These three, for sure, should take the risk this summer…
The troubled first campaign for Memphis Depay at Manchester United was not a true reflection of the players ability, but that might well not be the perception that Jose Mourinho has.
Depay is in need of confidence boosting and freedom to express all that talent he has, which all points towards Pep Guardiola being the perfect manager to nurture him.
Mourinho might make him in to a goal scoring machine, yet the chances are very high that he will simply be disposed off for his flamboyant approach and occasionally questionable attitude.
The Dutchman could become a star under Mourinho or Guardiola, although all the indications are that a move to Manchester would make perfect sense.
With Manchester City in desperate need of a right-back and Jose Mourinho likely to tinker with his defence, it would be easy to see why Matteo Darmian might be eyeing up a transfer.
Darmian isn’t the usual profile of a Guardiola right-back, mind. The Italian is not as adventurous on the overlap as many of Guardiola’s wide defenders have been in the past, but he could yet surprise a few with this aspect of his game.
Manchester City club hero Pablo Zabaleta will be sorely missed and, with Bacary Sagna entering the twilight of his career, a move for Darmian could set him up for the long-term.
Mourinho will improve Shaw defensively, of course, so Shaw’s future should depend heavily on the type of left-back he wants to become.
The ex-Southampton left-back has been a threat going forwards since he broke through on the south coast, although his defensive capabilities have sometimes been brought in to question by some flimsy decision making.
Manchester City, with Clichy and Kolarov continuing to underwhelm, are as desperate for a left-back as anyone and Luke Shaw would surely relish the opportunity to work under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola.